In The Loop - May 2017

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In The Loop - May 2017

In the Loop is our monthly newsletter, sharing our own news as well as some of the stories we've tweeted in the last month.

Tactical Tech news and events (6)

Tactical Tech releases, events, and press

releases (3)
GTI Asia

From April 24-27, Tactical Tech's Gender and Technology Institute was held in Malaysia with 25 women, LGBTQ activists and human rights defenders from around Asia. The four days focused on the following three themes: Feminist Politics of Data, Holistic Security and Feminism, Surveillance and Tech with sessions that provided participants with both hands on skills and conceptual knowledge of the field. We worked with facilitators to develop the event: Jac Sm Kee, (APC Women's Rights Program), Anja Kovacs, (Internet Democracy Project), Cheekay Cinco, (Independent Trainer), Dhyta Caturani (Purple Code), Nighat Dad (Digital Rights Foundation), Htaike Htaike Aung (MIDO); and Carol Waters, Dalia Othman, Vanessa Riszk, and Maya Ganesh from Tactical Tech. We're going to be posting more information and outcomes from the event in the next month.

This is how you can leverage social media to uncover wrongdoing

Our investigative platform Exposing the Invisible has released a pack of resources for citizen journalists and activists to learn how to use social media information for their investigations.


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events (3)
The Power of Activist Videos

Leil-Zahra Mortada will talking at The Power of Activist Videos, a conference at the ICI Berlin between 12-13 May.

Stockholm Internet Forum


Gabi Sobliye along with Ling Luther and Caroline Kent will be participating at the Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF) from 16-18 May.

Re:publica: India of Things

On the 10th of May Director of Applied Research, Maya Ganesh interviewed Sreowshi Sinha, an Entrepreneur from Bangalore about building an internet of things ecosystem in India where data protection and privacy laws are non-existent.

stuff we're reading (13)

Stories we've found interesting in the past month

activism (4)
Deep Learning Cheat Sheet

Camron Godbout provides some cheats and tips to help with deep learning. (Hackernoon)

Sneaky Exploit Allows Phishing Attacks From Sites That Look Secure

Lily Hay Newman discusses the importance of the little green padlock. (Wired)

The Massive Monopolies of Google, Facebook and Amazon

Author Jonathan Taplin discusses the unseen ways Ayn Rand's cruel libertarianism has permeated Silicon Valley and the White House. (Alternet)

How WeChat Spreads Rumors, Reaffirms Bias, and Helped Elect Trump

China’s most popular messaging app has become the perfect tool for swaying public opinion writes Eileen Guo. (Backchannel)

provocation (7)
Why the Phrase 'Late Capitalism' Is Suddenly Everywhere

An investigation by Annie Lowrey into a term that seems to perfectly capture the indignities and absurdities of the modern economy. (The Atlantic)

We Need a GitHub for Academic Research

Marcus Banks writes about how academic research fails to take advantage of platforms such as GitHub. (Slate)

German cyber crime rose 80 percent in 2016: report

Andrea Shalal reports the German cyber crime statistics from 2016. (Reuters)

How Online Shopping Makes Suckers of Us All

Jerry Useem explores the fluctuating of prices online. (The Atlantic)

Vigilante Botnet Infect IoT Devices before Blackhats can Hijack Them

A competing botnet known as Hajime has infected at least 10,000 home routers, network-connected cameras, and other so-called Internet of Things devices writes Dan Goodin. (Arstechnica)

Inside the 'Stalkerware' Surveillance Market, Where Ordinary People Tap Each Other's Phones

Surveillance starts at home writes Joseph Cox and Lorenzo Franchschi-Bicchierai. (Motherboard)

Are we going from “Artificial Intelligence” to “Augmented Intelligence?”

AI is going to augment natural human intelligence and enable people to gain the world’s collective expertise while requiring less time and study than what has been required to become an expert in any one thing today writes Scott Noteboom. (Readwrite)

illumination (2)
The New York Public Library Has a “Digital Time-Travel Service” for Its Historical Maps

Allison Meier writes about a two-year project engaging The New York Library’s collections of maps and geospatial data through interactive tools. (Hyperallergic)

Visualizing Climate Change

There hasn't been a cool month in 628 months. (Cool Infographics)